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iOS 13.5 is OUT | Bring Faster Way to Unlock iPhone While Wearing Mask

Sujan Koirala 21 May, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic has changed everything: the way we work to how we live to the way we use technology. This pandemic has forced Apple and Google to work together and bring changes in their operating system to fight jointly against this deadly virus. Apple has released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5, rolling out to iPhone and iPad with some changes.

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With this new update, two major changes will appear in our devices:

  1. Change in Face ID, making it easier to unlock iPhone if you’re wearing a face mask.
  2. The first phase of Apple and Google’s jointly-developed exposure notification system

Change in Face ID: 

Before iOS 13.5, if you tried to unlock your iPhone while wearing masks via FaceID, you had to wait a few seconds while iPhone tried to detect your face and only move to a password. Now, this step has been removed. So, after updating your iOS, if you are wearing a mask and tried to use FaceID, it will automatically ask you to enter a password. 

This also works in the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and all the other apps that support signing with FaceID.

Exposure Notification System API:

This exposure notification API works with the apps developed by public health agencies. This system will be inactive until you install the app that uses this API. After installing this app, you will receive notifications from Public Health Agencies if you have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

According to Apple and Google, this feature in the future will be directly built into the operating system of the phone. This feature will be available in all the states in the US and 22 countries around the Globe. 

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